Patients and therapists in the Transitional Rehab Center at Helen Hayes Hospital

Transitional Rehabilitation Center

For Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

*Please note that due to coronavirus precautions, all TRC services are currently being provided remotely.

For a survivor of traumatic brain injury (TBI), the transition to living in the community can be overwhelming, frustrating, and downright scary. The myriad of choices and demands of everyday living are often more than the individual can confidently handle. Yet, most survivors strive to regain some semblance of a normal and productive life.

Following inpatient rehabilitation, most individuals with a TBI need ongoing supportive services to help them adjust to their new limitations and become as independent as possible. The Transitional Rehabilitation Center provides counseling, life skills training, cognitive groups, behavioral programming and social and recreational opportunities, along with whatever it may take to help participants begin the next phase of their life. Services are provided in an outpatient congregate setting, with the goals of improving or maintaining the participant’s skills and ability to live as independently as possible in the community, including a return to school or work, as appropriate. This service meets the designation of a structured day program as defined by the New York State TBI Waiver Program. Please refer to the links at the bottom of this page.

Upon admission to the program, participants receive a cognitive/behavioral assessment that serves as the basis for the individual and team members to develop a productive plan. Each participant has their own primary staff, who is charged with developing detailed goal plans and attending team meetings. The staff collaborates with the individual, family, and team to ensure that all services are being provided and received effectively.

An important focus of the Transitional Rehabilitation Center is independent living skills training. Staff provides training and assistance with self-care, medication education, money management, and future planning. They also accompany participants on trips out into the community, including the mall, drugstore, or supermarket. There are fun trips too, such as going to the movies, seeing a play or going hiking, to encourage socialization and confidence and help to reorient survivors to “real life.” As they re-learn and practice skills they once took for granted, participants become more confident about their ability to succeed outside the protective day program environment.

Through daily cognitive groups, participants practice interpersonal communications and ways to reduce fear and anxiety. There is also education about the brain and how their brain was affected by their injury. Staff facilitates meetings and the participant’s progress will be measured.

With the support of the Transitional Rehabilitation Center and the HHH medical, psychological, and therapy staff, survivors of traumatic brain injury receive the vital support needed to reintegrate into the community.

For additional information, or to make a referral to the Transitional Rehabilitation Center, contact Dianne Wagner at or (845) 786-4044.

Information on the New York State Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waver and TBI prevention is available at the following links:

"You gave me the help I needed to recover and rebuild my confidence in myself to handle the challenges I’m about to embark on for the rest of my life." 

For more information, please contact the 
HHH Transitional Rehabilitation Center: 

1-888-70-REHAB ext. 4044